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Four jailed in UK for using benefits and charitable donations to supply terrorists in Afghanistan

Four members of a British terrorist cell used their dole payments and charity donations to buy and send kits to terrorists fighting British troops in Afghanistan.

The men, who were all jailed today, bought laser range finders, night sights, blank DVDs for suicide bombers to record their wills - and even balaclavas from Lidl.

Mohammed Nadim, 29, was jailed for three years and Shahid Ali, 34, and Shabir Mohammed, 30, were sent to prison for two years and four months.

They pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey in London to supplying equipment such as computer parts, mobile phones and camping gear, to terrorists abroad.

A fourth man, Abdul Raheem, 32, pleaded guilty to failing to disclose information on terrorism and was jailed for a year.

The four, all from Birmingham, were members of a terror cell run by Parviz Khan who was jailed for life last year for plotting to kidnap and behead a soldier.

They helped Khan send four shipments containing 86 boxes of supplies between April 2006 and February 2007.

They even used the suffering of the Pakistani people after the devastating 2005 earthquake as a cover to raise money and then described the terrorist items as relief aid.

Duncan Atkinson, prosecuting, said Khan had masterminded the operation involving the suspects and others from his home in Alum Rock, Birmingham.

Mr Atkinson said the items were dispatched to be used against British, US and Pakistani forces.

‘The items are not weapons which are all too easily obtained in the lawless tribal areas,’ he said.

‘They are sending sophisticated electronic equipment readily available in Western shops.'

Khan, described as a ‘fanatical extremist’, identified items which were needed and even came back from Pakistan with ‘shopping lists’.

Members of the cell would buy items from the Argos catalogue and scoured cut-price supermarkets such as Netto and Lidl.

Balaclavas and thermal clothing would be included with computer software and night-vision binoculars, the court heard.

The shipments were described as household items, relief aid and charity donations.

Mr Atkinson said tens of thousands of pounds had been collected from people who were duped into thinking they were helping earthquake victims.

The money was then used to buy the equipment.

The 'cargo' was packaged in Khan’s home with the items often covered by a layer of packets of crisps before they were delivered by Sparkhill Shipping and Freight.

The men, who all have young families and were claiming benefits, were arrested in October 2008 following a ‘long and painstaking investigation’ by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.

Khan, who travelled with the equipment, is already serving life for his part in the beheading plot.

Acting Chief Inspector Dave Cook, who led the investigation, said: ‘The diligence of the officers involved, and the thoroughness of the Crown Prosecution Service, meant there was a weight of evidence against the men.

‘As a result, we are pleased that they decided to plead guilty.’

Sentencing them Mr Justice Calvert-Smith said: ‘'The total cost of the goods exported must have amounted to something in the region of £20,000.

'In addition money was being sent out separately as were individual items being taken out by individuals on their person and in their luggage.

'The earthquake and its consequences were used as cover for the export of these materials to assist terrorists.

'It is accepted that in all three cases your involvement only began after the earthquake at a time when the sympathy of the world must have been with the bereaved and those involved in the earthquake.

'Its is a tragedy for you and your families that you chose to get involved in this operation.’

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Added: Mar-9-2009 Occurred On: Mar-9-2009
By: Panda07
Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: UK, muslim, terrorists
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